After former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean, his brother embraced her and said he forgives her.
Brandt Jean went over to Guyger and the two hugged. Jean told her he doesn’t want her to go to prison.
“I love you as a person and I don’t want to wish anything bad on you,” Jean said before they hugged for nearly 30 seconds.
Jurors on Tuesday had found Guyger, 31, guilty of murder for fatally shooting Jean in his Dallas apartment in 2018. She had faced between five years and 99 years for the shooting.
Before the jury made its decision Wednesday, it heard from character witnesses, including Jean’s and Guyger’s family members.
After the sentence was announced, the court gave one family member the opportunity to address Guyger.
Jean also encouraged Guyger to ask God for forgiveness, because turning to Christ would be exactly what his brother would have wanted.